Tweak Bird Announce Tour Dates With TOOL

Tweak Bird

[MP3] Tweak Bird – Whorses

You heard me correctly – Tweak Bird will be opening for the legendary TOOL on their upcoming U.S. tour. Most of the dates are in the mountain and mid-west regions of the U.S. where TOOL EQUALS GOD. I grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. TOOL might as well be patron saints.

Tweak Bird certainly come along way since playing in the backs of school buses. I have no doubt that their raw and powerful blend of face melting rock n’ roll will be well received

You can pick up their new Reservations EP on the White Noise website. Download “Whorses” for free above and play it at your next BBQ.

Tweak Bird supporting TOOL
Jul 19 Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Solutions Arena
Jul 21 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Arena
Jul 22 Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
Jul 24 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Jul 25 Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre
Jul 27 Duluth, GA – Gwinnett Arena
Jul 29 Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum
Jul 30 Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
Aug 2 Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
Aug 4 Kingston, ON – Kingston Regional Sports & Ent. Centre
Aug 5 Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 7 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavillion


Gangi Seeks Out Band Members

Gangi (Los Angeles, CA)

LA Record is reporting
that Gangi are looking for band members. Think you got chops? See below:

Touring for awhile as a duo, Gangi is now looking to put together a full band. If you are interested or want to learn more please contact info[at]playwhitenoise.com. If you are not familiar with Gangi please stream their last album [here].

Gangi is looking for:

Musicians that can sing harmonies is a plus

A bass player (who could double on synths would be great)

Fellow progammers/beatmakers

Synth player


For more information check out: myspace.com/gangimusic


Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel

Fool’s Gold (Los Angeles, CA)

[MP3] Fool’s Gold – Surprise Hotel

Fool’s Gold have been kicking around LA for a few years now – trying out different styles and finally finding their niche with bright guitar tones, 80s pop, African inspired drums. You may recognize members of Foreign Born, In Waves, Glasser, and The Fall amid their flock.

Their music is absolutely perfect for summer and perfect for fighting away winter blues. It could just be the perfect record ;)

The band have been getting a lot of write-ups and features lately thanks to the recent announcement of the band signing to IAMSOUND Records. Fool’s Gold will be releasing their full length debut on September 29th, 2009. Download “Suprise Hotel” above. It is definitely mix tape worthy.

LA Readers can check them out at Sunset Junction on August 23rd, 2009!

1. Surprise Hotel
2. Nadine
3. Ha Dvash
4. The World Is All There Is
5. Poseidon
6. Yam Lo Moshech
7. Night Dancing
8. Momentary Shelter


Vivian Girls Summer/Fall Tour Dates

Vivian Girls (Brooklyn, NY)

Love them or hate them Vivian Girls have an uncanny ability to evoke a powerful response out of people. It’s what happens when you carve your own path – which these ladies are doing with fabulous results. The band will be hitting the road this summer/fall and have a new LP Everything Goes Wrong that will be available September 8th on In The Red.

LA Readers can check them out Sept 11th, 2009 at The Echo.

[MP3] Vivian Girls – Lake House

BONUS VIDEO: What Grandmothers Think Of Vivian Girls


Sat-Jul-04 Brooklyn, NY 979 Broadway Backyard *
Thu-Jul-09 Mexico City, MX El Almacén #
Thu-Jul-16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theater %
Sun-Jul-19 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Fri-Jul-31 New York, NY Whitney Museum $

“The Nightmare of Sound Tour”

Tue-Aug-25 New York, NY Death By Audio +
Wed-Aug-26 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary +
Thu-Aug-27 Pittsburgh, PA Andy Warhol Museum +
Fri-Aug-28 Columbus, OH Summit +
Sat-Aug-29 Champaign, IL Cowboy Monkey +
Sun-Aug-30 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle +
Mon-Aug-31 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry +
Tue-Sep-01 Fargo, ND The Aquarium +
Fri-Sep-04 Missoula, MT Union Hall +
Sun-Sep-06 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
Mon-Sep-07 Portland, OR TBA +
Wed-Sep-09 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop – CD Release Show! +
Fri-Sep-11 Los Angeles, CA The Echo +

Fri-Oct-09 Honolulu, HI Loft Gallery and Lounge

% = w/ F****D UP, WOMEN
+ = w/ THE BEETS

Album Cover
Vivian Girls
Everything Goes Wrong
(In The Red)
Street Date: Sept. 8, 2009

01 Walking Alone at Night
02 I Have No Fun
03 Can’t Get Over You
04 Desert
05 Tension
06 Survival
07 The End
08 When I’m Gone
09 Out for the Sun
10 I’m Not Asleep
11 Double Vision
12 You’re My Guy
13 Before I Start to Cry


Amazing Baby and Band Of Skulls For FREE Tonight!

Amazing Baby (Brooklyn, NY)

I’m headed down to the Hammer Museum TONIGHT to check out Amazing Baby – who opened for Phoenix at The Wiltern on Sunday and my latest obsession – BAND OF SKULLS.

Four words. HOT CHICK BASS PLAYER. I have a new girl crush. Sorry Neko

It’s all part of the kick off of the Hammer Museum’s Also I Like To Rock Series. Starts at 8PM and is free and open to the public!

Band of Skulls – I Know What I Am


In Loving Memory: Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz (2003-2009)

I’m sure most of you have heard the news by now of the passing of young Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz – the son of Dangerbird co-founder Jeff Castelaz. Jeff and his family shared their story with the world through their Pablog! holding nothing back. I followed their saga for over 9 months and like many was truly inspired by Pablo’s strength, joy, and infectious smile.

Pablo was diagnosed with bilateral wilms tumor- a very rare form of pediatric cancer. This led to the founding of The Pablove Foundation which donates money to the Childrens Hospital LA. Sadly this past Saturday June 27th, 2009 Pablo passed away. He was 6 years old.

Tomorrow night’s Eulogies/ Bad Veins which will also features performances from Avi Buffalo has now been made a benefit show with all proceeds going to The Pablove Foundation. I wanted to ask if you have a few dollars to spare please donate a few dollars in Pablo’s honor.

A Benefit For
Fighting Childhood Cancer With Love

In Memory Of Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz
June 21st, 2003 – June 27th, 2009
Rest In Peace

Performances from:
Bad Veins
Avi Buffalo
A Decent Animal


$10 Advance | $12 Day Of Show | Doors at 8pm | All Ages

A proceeds benefit The Pablove Foundation / Children’s Hospital LA


Reminder: Rad Warehouse Show Downtown Tonight!


Our good buddies over at The Tape Blog are hosting what is sure to be a fabulous party downtown tonight! Fol Chen and Nite Jewel and Rock Insider homeboys for life Battlehooch will be performing. You really don’t want to miss this show!

[MP3] Nite Jewel – Weak For Me
[MP3] Fol Chen – Cable TV
[MP3] Battlehooch – Looks You Can’t See

at PDG Performance Warehouse
2485 Hunter St., Los Angeles, CA

w/ Fol Chen
Nite Jewel
D.A.D (first show ever!!!)
the Beijing Blondes

Tickets are available for $10 at the door.


Do You Like A Little Reggae?

Tomorrow night there’s a cool little shindig going down in LA with FREE BEER! It’s being thrown by Red Stripe and the fine folks at The Fader (so you know it’ll be good).

The event will feature DJ sets from Johan Hugo and songs from Terry Lynn – who recently released a new album celebrating Jamaican music entitled “It Was Written” you can download the album in its entirety for free right here

Red Stripe presents a celebration of Jamaican music
Featuring Terry Lynn & John Hugo

Saturday, June 27th
8 – 11PM
Loft Seven (219 W. 7th St.) Los Angeles, CA

Additional DJ sets by Wildlife, Johan Hugo!

Plus songs from Terry Lynn’s critically acclaimed album “KingstonLogic 2.0”

Free Red Stripe Lager
This is a private, RSVP only event.
You must be 21+ for entry.
Admission Based On Capacity.

Download the album “It Was Written” for free

Dance And Drink Responsibly

Click Here to RSVP


Video: Miniature Tigers – Cannibal Queen

Miniature Tigers (Photo: Esther Hyejin Chung)

You may remember I wrote about Miniature Tigers a few years back. The band even played a trio of Rock Insider presented shows for us. The band just finished a successful tour with Kevin Devine and will be heading back to the west coast for a handful of dates with Princeton. LA Readers can catch the band live at Spaceland on July 6th.

The band’s hilarious video for “Cannibal Queen” their sweet as nails track was also recently added to MTV2′s Subterranean. Watch it below!

7.2 – Plush – Tucson, AZ**
7.4 – Wyndham Hotel “Star Swim” – Phoenix, AZ**
7.6 – Spaceland – Silverlake, CA**
7.7 – Cafe du Nord – San Francisco, CA
7.9 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR**
7.10 – Too Beautiful to Live Listener Party – Seattle, WA**

** with Princeton


Collected Twitter and Facebook thoughts on Michael jackson’s death:


Collected Twitter and Facebook thoughts on Michael jackson’s death:


Steve Aoki This is bigger than any artist dying in our lifetime. Bigger than elvis and freddie mercury for me.

Scottgum: Somewhere Kanye nominates himself King of Pop

hipsterrunoff:does n e 1 know how I can convert today’s ‘tragedy’ into more blog hits/twitter followers?

ANDY: (551): Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett are dead (201): NOOO not MJ! Someone tell the paramedic to grab him by the heart and just “Beat it”

Lally: The woman little boys masturbate to and the man who masturbates to little boys: dead on the same day. Weak sauce indeed.

11 minutes ago · via Twitter · Comment ·


Roddy MJ may have been acquitted of molestation but he was guilty of touching us all. Today, we are all Neverland Ranch overnight visitors.

Matt is very sad about MJ. On the other hand, this does mean I’ve won my bet about him completing less than a third of his London summer tour dates

Jason Michael Jackson dies and all of a sudden everyone is his biggest fan.

Well…Sunny Day Real Estate reunited. I guess we still got that. (via @sexyresults)


The King Of Pop Has Died

CBS News, LA Times, and CNN are now reporting that Michael Jackson – AKA The King Of Pop has passed away at the UCLA medical center of an apparent heart attack. I am shocked and stunned beyond belief

This comes just hours after the announcement that Farrah Fawcett died this morning at St John’s Medical center after a long battle with Anal Cancer. She was 62 Yrs Old.

Read More at LA TIMES.


Avi Buffalo, The Minor Canon, LANDy TONIGHT at The Regent Theater

Great show tonight in Downtown Los Angeles as Long Beach favorites Avi Buffalo will perform alongside longtime Rock Insider favs The Minor Canon and LANDy – the new project featuring sometimes actor Adam Goldberg. The show is being presented by Little Radio and admission tonight is just $5. Show starts at 9PM!

The Regent Theatre
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, California


Video: St. Vincent On Letterman

Did anyone else catch St. Vincent‘s amazing debut on David Letterman last night? In case you missed it you can watch the electrifying performance below. She better sell a shit ton of records based on this performance.


[MP3] St. Vincent – The Strangers

Her new album Actor is available now on iTUNES.

VIDEO: St. Vincent – “Marrow” on Letterman 6/24


Dirty Projectors In Serious Car Accident – Show Tonight Cancelled

Pitchfork is reporting that The Dirty Projector‘s have canceled tonight’s show in Toronto due to what’s being describe as a “pretty bad” car accident



Sean Bones and Local Natives At Space 1520 TONIGHT!

Cool show tonight in Hollywood that will feature DJ sets from Larry (Future Sounds) and Mr. Kevin Bronson (Buzz Bands). I’m trying to make it out but Ive suddenly come down with a severe sore throat! ahhhhh!


Rye Rye – Bang

[MP3] Rye Rye – Bang feat. M.I.A [WTF I Asked for a Kuduro Remix by Buraka Som Sistema]

M.I.A protege Rye Rye at the tender age of 18 yrs has suddenly been swept into the spotlight with her new single “Bang” – an incredible percussive track that is already infiltrating club nights both electro and hip-hop alike. This girl is on the fast track to being a huge star.

The remix above is off her new remix EP which is available on 12″ vinyl now over at InSound. The 12″ also includes instrumental & a capella versions of the track!

Southern California readers can catch Rye Rye performing at HARD Summer At The Forum with Underworld, Crystal Castles, A-Trak, and more. Tickets are available now.

Rye Rye / A-Trak Hamburger Tour Dates

05-28 Shanghai, China – Absolute House
05-30 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival
06-02 Sao Paulo, Brazil – TW Eventos
06-04 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Excursionistas Football Club
06-17 New York, NY – M2 Ultra Lounge @
06-18 Boston, MA – House of Blues @
06-19 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory @
07-02 Charlotte, NC – The Forum @
07-03 Atlanta, GA – Opera @
07-04 Orlando, FL – House of Blues @
07-05 Tampa, FL – Czar *
07-08 Miami, FL – Liv *
07-10 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall @
07-11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *
07-13 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
07-14 San Diego, CA – Voyeur ^
07-16 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
07-17 Portland, OR – Rotture ^
07-18 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey *
07-22 Vancouver, British Columbia – Richard’s on Richards ^
07-23 Calgary, Alberta – Hi Fi *
07-24 Edmonton, Alberta – Star Lite Room ^
07-25 Toronto, Ontario – Time Festival
07-30 Ottawa, Ontario – Ritual Nightclub *
07-31 New York, NY – Webster Hall #
08-01 Montreal, Quebec – SAT *
08-07 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-08 Los Angeles, CA – Hard Festival

@ with MSTRKRFT, Major Lazer, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff and Drop The Lime
* with Rye Rye and Treasure Fingers
^ with Rye Rye
# with Treasure Fingers, Theophilus London and Jack Beats


So What Are You Doing On The 4th Of July?

I may or may not be out of town but if I’m still in SoCal you bet your ass I’d be going to The New Weird America Festival featuring Ancestors, Night Horse, Spindrift, and more at the Nomad Gallery. The event is being organized by the fine folks at Teepee Records.

Imaad Wasif w/ Two Part Beast
Night Horse
Weird Owl
Radio Moscow


Chairlift TONIGHT at The Echo + Dance Right Afterparty!

Chairlift (Brooklyn, NY)

TONIGHT I will be heading out to The Echo to check out Brooklyn’s Chairlift. I saw the band for the first time at CMJ and must say it wasn’t the best introduction. Their set was plagued by technical difficulties. I kind of wrote the band off until I saw their Laundro-Matinee performance and was blown away. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they’ve developed.

After the show Dance Right is hosting an after party at La Cita that features DJ sets from IAMSOUND(System).



Body Of Young Man Found At Bonnaroo

Sad news. A clean up crew clearing the site of Bonnaroo discovered the body of a young man in his 20s. The identity of the young man has not been released yet.



Tiny Vipers – Life On Earth

[MP3] Tiny Vipers- Dreamer

At first listen Tiny Vipers’ track “Dreamer” immediately made me think of Sybille Baier with a dash of Joanna Newsom. Lord knows I love Sybille Baier almost to the point of discomfort.

The frail Seattle based musician whose given name is Jesy Fortino will be releasing her second full length LP Life On Earth on July 7th via Sub Pop. Her gorgeous deep and haunting voice echoes amid some ghostly chord progressions creating delicious negative space that is just as moving as the amazing melodies. Don’t take just my word on it – Pitchfork recently gave the track it’s dubious “Best New Track” honor

Tiny Vipers will be playing what is most assured to be a beyond packed show at Echo Curio on July 27th with Lazarus. Pre-Order Life On Earth in the Sub Pop Online Store.

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